[r47] Rep. Foley congratulates Martinsville High School Academic Decathlon Team (3/1/2012)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Start Date: 3/1/2012
End Date: 3/1/2012

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Rep. Foley congratulates Martinsville High School Academic Decathlon Team

STATEHOUSE – On the House floor today, Rep. Ralph Foley (R-Martinsville) congratulated the Martinsville High School Academic Decathlon team for winning the state championship for the large school division in the Hoosier Academic Decathlon.

“These students have demonstrated a thirst for knowledge and strong commitment to academic excellence,” said Rep. Foley. “They’ve lifted the community through their incredible efforts in winning the state title.”

The team scored 38,657 points of a possible 60,000 topping runner-up Carmel High School by a staggering 2,839 points. On the road to victory, the team garnered 35 individual medals and placed first in seven of the ten categories.

“This most recent victory is a continuation of the long line of successes achieved by the Martinsville High School academic teams,” said Rep. Foley. “History repeating itself is in large part due to the students’ devotion to learning and Coach Babbitt’s dedication to the students.”

The team is led by Coach Wayne Babbitt. Coach Babbitt dedicates an incredible amount of time to the school and coaches both the championship academic Decathlon team and championship Spell Bowl team. He emphasizes the importance of good study skills and exposure to new subjects team members experience by participating in the academic decathlon.

“These individuals have accomplished great things, but it was a total team effort that led to winning the championship,” said Wayne Babbitt. “In addition to the honor of winning, the value of the Academic Decathlon is that it prepares the participants for college and later life by emphasizing good study skills and learning new subjects.”

The team has won the state championship in the large school division fifteen years in a row. They will now travel to Albuquerque, N.M. to represent Indiana in the national competition.

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Note: The picture attached is the Martinsville Decathlon team and Rep. Foley. Members of the Martinsville Decathlon team include: Coach Wayne Babbitt, Olivia Wooten, Morgan Lane, Stephen Fish, Elliott Guist, Emerson Watson and Stephanie Schneck.

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